Sunday, July 14, 2013

The NSA Is Doing What King George Did to Colonial Americans

Georgetown professor of constitutional law wrote yesterday in the Wall Street Journal:

With the NSA's surveillance program, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has apparently secretly approved the blanket seizure of data on every American so this "metadata" can later provide the probable cause for a particular search. Such indiscriminate data seizures are the epitome of "unreasonable," akin to the "general warrants" issued by the Crown to authorize searches of Colonial Americans.

David Snyder provides a must-read historical summary at the Electronic Frontier Foundation: